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Swedish Massage: (Also called Relaxation or Classic Massage) Swedish massage provides the foundation for most of our other modalities. It is very relaxing and consists of long and sweeping strokes, kneading, friction and tapping. The pressure can vary from very light to very deep, depending on the client’s preference. You could have an all-Swedish massage, but most often your therapist will incorporate a number of other types of therapies as he/she sees fit, according to your needs and wants. All of our therapists are proficient at Swedish Massage.
Deep Tissue: Deep tissue is very similar to Swedish massage but uses some more focused techniques. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (which is the protective layer surrounding ever muscle, bone and joint in the body). It can be done at light or deep pressure. Most often people refer to this type of massage when they are seeking deeper pressure. But really it just uses techniques to release deeper layers of soft tissue.
Sports Massage: Geared more towards athletes (beginners or professionals) this type of massage includes more vigorous techniques than a traditional Swedish massage. This style tends to be more active and firm for the client as well
Couples Massage: Two massages, two therapists, one room or two rooms, your choice. Nice to be super-relaxed together!
Prenatal Massage: Prenatal Massage focuses on the mother-to-be as she goes through the changes due to pregnancy. Prenatal massage may help reduce and/or eliminate excess water retention, anxiety and pain through any trimester. Often our clients use our special pregnancy pillow that allows the client to lay on their tummy. Many moms-to-be think this alone is worth the price of admission. Whether you prefer a side lying position, the pregnancy pillow, or some other style of individualized propping with pillows: you will enjoy the peace and relaxation a massage can give during pregnancy. All of our therapists are proficient at prenatal massage.
Geriatric Massage: This is a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of older populations. It involves the use of hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body with long relaxing strokes towards the heart to improve blood circulation, relieve pain, and increase range of motion. Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of geriatric massage. All of our therapists are proficient at geriatric massage.
Neuromuscular Therapy: (also called Trigger Point) Neuromuscular massage is an intense form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated massage on one specific area of the body. The pressure may continue for a period of up to thirty seconds at a time, and is designed to alleviate tension that extends from a “trigger point” into an entire muscle. This small area is called a trigger point because it is the area that “triggers” pain in another area of the muscle, sometimes called referring or transferring. Therapists are trained to locate the trigger points associated with muscle pain, and then alleviate the stress using concentrated pressure on that area.
Hot Stone Therapy: In this therapy, heated stones are used to massage the body for a very relaxing experience. The client may choose how much of their session to involve the hot stones to achieve the optimum relaxation during the massage. A very nice thing to do in the wintertime!
Shiatsu Massage: This type of therapy is practiced on the floor on a mat while the client is fully clothed. Shiatsu originated in Japan. The literal translation is “finger pressure.” The practitioner uses accupressure points, stretching, gentle range of motion, rocking and holding throughout the session to help the client feel relaxed yet energized. It’s a little bit like yoga, only “someone does yoga to you.” Cindy has many years of experience giving Shiatsu therapy.
Myofascial Release: Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for the muscles. Pain occurs when this tissue becomes restricted. The practitioner will use techniques to slowly stretch restricted fascia by applying pressure and restoring flexibility and range of motion to the muscles and surrounding joints.
On-site Massage: Need us to come to your house? We will pack up a table and come to you. If you are close by and we can fit it into our schedule, we can come to your home or place of business for an additional $40. (One hour minimum).
Check out our Therapists and Staff page to view more modalities and the therapists that provide them!